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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Donate your prom and wedding dresses today and help support Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter. New and gently-used dresses and accessories including jewelry, purses, shawls, and shoes will be accepted until March 15.

Drop off locations include the following Blue Ridge Communications offices in: Walnutport, Gilbert, Palmerton, Stroudsburg, Lansford, and Lehighton.

Then plan to attend the third annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Tuesday, March 29 from 4-7 p.m.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Jean D. Reed, 190 Birch St., New Ringgold, and William C. Stolz, 288 Shoemaker St., Swoyersville.

Deneen L. Tice, 238 Valley St., New Philadelphia, and Charles C. Shade III, 233 Valley St., New Philadelphia.

Karen R. Boris and George T. Rohbach Sr., 19 Main St., Middleport.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
AP Photo/Larry Crowe This Mushroom Stroganoff is great served over brown or red rice, as well as mashed potatoes or the more traditional noodles.

Spicy Moroccan soup, South African bobotie, lentil curry from Nepal, even Mexican burritos.

When you're looking to cook up some vegetarian romance, the world's cuisines offer plenty of ways to stimulate the senses.

"It's a lovely way to do it, especially if you've been somewhere and you want to recreate a magical moment," says Troth Wells, author of "One World Vegetarian Cookbook" (Interlink, 2011). "Think of Turkey and Istanbul and the mosques and extraordinary churches. I get excited just thinking about it."

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Gnaden Huetten Hospital community room.

This group is geared for women with cancer-related issues in a supportive social setting, and these women are invited to attend.

If fresh snow or sleet is forecast on Feb. 15, the meeting will be canceled.

Contact Mary Ann Hazel at (610) 824-6490 for more information.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Q. I'm 74 years old. Are my organs too old to donate?

There are no cutoff ages for donating organs. Organs have been successfully transplanted from newborns and people older than 80. It is possible to donate a kidney, heart, liver, lung, pancreas, cornea, skin, bone, bone marrow and intestines.

While organs must be used between 6 and 72 hours after removal from a donor's body, tissue such as corneas, skin, heart valves, bone, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage can be preserved for use later.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Peter J. Semanoff and Tara Ann Moran

The engagement of Tara Ann Moran to Peter Joseph Semanoff, has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Terry and Mari Ann Moran of Fairbanks, Alaska. She is a 2004 graduate of Lathrop High School and a 2008 graduate of Eastern Oregon University. She attends the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she is enrolled in the master's program for guidance and counseling.

Monday, February 7, 2011
FILE - In this May, 26, 2010 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the social network site's new privacy settings in Palo Alto, Calif. Dr. Ed Zuckerberg, father of Mark Zuckerberg, said in a radio interview Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, that Mark's early exposure to computers helped inspire his interest and expertise in technology. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – Mark Zuckerberg's father said in a radio interview Friday that an early exposure to computers inspired his son's interest in technology, and he encouraged parents to support their children's strengths and passions with a balance of "work and play."

"My kids all grew up around the office and were all exposed to computers," said Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, a dentist. "There are advantages to being exposed to computers early on. That certainly enriched Mark's interest in technology."

Friday, February 4, 2011
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Amanda Babine, 24, wears one of her red scarves outside the metro subway entrance in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington. Babine received three red scarves from the Red Scarf Project while a student at Wheelock College in Boston.

NEW YORK (AP) – Soon, the red scarves will arrive at colleges around the country. For many of the former foster children unwrapping one on Valentine's Day, it will be their first new or handmade piece of clothing.

That was true for Amanda Babine, who spent her youth bouncing from foster home to foster home. One year she moved 11 times.

So she looked forward to having something new each Valentine's Day in college, and even bought red gloves and a red hat to coordinate.

Friday, February 4, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Simpson

April Bowers of Clearfield, Pa., daughter of Robert and Joanne Bowers of Lehighton, became the bride of Roy Simpson of Penfield, Pa., son of Carol and Michael Simpson, also of Penfield, on Oct. 2, 2010 at Weedville Wesleyan Church, Weedville, Pa.

The Rev. Bryon Kleppinger of Weedville officiated at the double ring ceremony.

Jeremiah Tyler of Virginia, a friend of the bride, was the vocalist, while the bride's sister, Laura Kleppinger of Weedville, was the pianist. Sara Pysher, Lehighton, also a friend of the bride, played the flute.

Friday, February 4, 2011
Gavin Isaac Betz

BETZ A son, Gavin Isaac Betz, was born at 3:57 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2010 in Pottsville to Sherri and Samuel Betz of New Ringgold.

He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 19 inches long.

He was welcomed home by an older brother, Logan, 5.

Maternal grandparents are Doreen and Richard Schenkel of Andreas.

Paternal grandfather is Jerome Betz of Hometown.